Philip Markoff, Craiglist Killer Pleads Not Guilty to Seven Charges including Kidnapping, Armed Robbery and Weapons Violations
Philip Markoff, the Craigslist killer pleaded not guilty to the kidnapping and first degree murder of Julissa Brisman, a masseuse he met through Craigslist at the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel. Markoff is also charged with the April 10, 2009 armed robbery of 29 year old Las Vegas woman named Trisha Leffler in another Boston hotel.
A former Boston medical student pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he lured a masseuse he met through Craigslist to a Boston hotel, then bound her, beat her and shot her to death with a gun authorities say he later stashed in a hollowed-out medical textbook.
Philip Markoff firmly stated“not guilty” when asked how he pleaded to the seven charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and weapons violations, then stared straight ahead as prosecutors outlined their case during a brief arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.
Markoff is charged in the April 14 fatal shooting of Julissa Brisman, 26, of New York City, and the April 10 armed robbery of Trisha Leffler, a 29-year-old Las Vegas prostitute, at another posh Boston hotel. Authorities say he used anonymous e-mail addresses and pre-paid cell phones to set up meetings with the women he met through Craigslist, where they had advertised in its “erotic services” category.